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Senior Finance Risk & Controls Manager



Accounting & Finance
London, UK
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023
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We started our journey back in 2005, building the first ever peer-to-peer lending company. Fast forward to 2020 and we launched Zopa Bank. A bank that listens to what our customers don’t like about finance and does the opposite. We’re redefining what it feels like to work in finance. Our vision for a new era of banking puts people front and centre — we’ve built a business that empowers everyone to aim high, every day, to move finance forward. Find out more about our fantastic offerings at!
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Working with the Finance Director and Heads of each Finance function, we're looking for a Senior Risk and Controls Manager to design and implement robust control frameworks over all aspects of internal and external reporting. The role will cover the whole of Finance (Financial Control, Management Reporting, Financial Reporting, Regulatory Reporting, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Tax Reporting, Treasury and Legal).

A day in the life:

  • Scope and assess the current state of internal control frameworks as well as the design, implementation, and operating effectiveness of key controls across Finance & Legal (Financial Control, Management Reporting, Financial Reporting, Regulatory Reporting, Financial Planning and Budgeting, Tax Reporting, Treasury and Legal).
  • Continuous monitoring of the key Finance & Legal processes, delivering efficiencies and control automations where possible.
  • Ensure Finance functions comply with Zopa Operational Risk Policy and Model Risk Policy.
  • Periodic review and testing of Finance End User Computing (EUCs).
  • Lead the design, documentation, and implementation of scalable first line internal control frameworks by working with business area owners and ensuring that these are subject to appropriate levels of governance.
  • Educate and support teams in appropriate execution of internal controls and ensuring that controls and actions are appropriately evidenced and reviewed.
  • Work closely with the second line of defence and internal/external auditors as part of periodic reviews and audits.
  • Prepare and present reports to senior management and Board committees.
  • Build and develop the first line Risk & Controls function to develop it into a standalone function as the Bank becomes listed.

About you:

  • You're a qualified accountant (either by exam or experience) and have worked in Financial Services so understand the PRA/FCA regulations.
  • You have a proven track record in assessing the design, implementation, and operating effectiveness of internal controls.
  • Are highly organised, effective at project management and can manage conflicting priorities.
  • Resilient under pressure, embrace change and can operate in a fast-paced environment.
  • You're energetic, motivated, and have a passion for excellence and innovation in pursuit of success.
  • Ideally, you'll have experience of working within the US SOX control environment.
Flexible working? Yes please!
At Zopa we value flexible ways of working. We understand the benefits of face-to-face collaboration and the importance of a good work life balance. Our teams work in a hybrid manner from our open-plan, riverside London Bridge office and the comfort of their own homes at a frequency that suits the team and the work they do.
Not only that – you'll also have the option of working from abroad for up to 120 days a year!* But no matter where you are, we’ll make sure you’ve got everything you need to thrive, both in your work and home life, from day one.
*Subject to having the right to work in the country of choice
Diversity Statement
Zopa is proud to offer a workplace free from discrimination. Diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to better products for our customers and a unique company culture for our people. We are made up of nearly 50 nationalities, have a DE&I forum made up of Zopians wanting to make a difference and we are proud of our culture where everyone can bring their full self to work. Our approach to DE&I is reflected in our hiring process so please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments.